Meet the Team
Amy Mehraban Pienta is responsible for the oversight of NAHDAP’s activities and will lead the development of the archive, which seeks to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of drug abuse and HIV data to the broader research community.
Dr. Pienta has been with ICPSR since 2003 and also serves as Acquisition Director, overseeing new data acquisitions by identifying and assessing new data collections in the social sciences, negotiating with potential data depositors, and engaging in strategic planning for the collection. Her areas of research specialization include the demography of aging, marriage and family in later life, and health and retirement. Dr. Pienta’s work has also addressed the use of addictive substances later in life, including a paper published in the Journal of Health and Aging on smoking cessation and marriage.
Dr. Pienta is also a research associate at the Population Studies Center and the Michigan Center for Demography on Aging, both at the University of Michigan. Her previous positions have included assistant professor at the Institute on Aging and the Department of Health Policy and Epidemiology at the University of Florida, and assistant professor at the Institute of Gerontology and the Department of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is also part of the Center for African American Health at Wayne State University, where she studies the effectiveness of a dyadic couple intervention to remediate unhealthy lifestyle behaviors among African-American cardiac rehabilitation patients.
Dr. Pienta holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral training at the Population Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.
Kaye Marz is Archive Manager for NAHDAP, with responsibilities including acquisitions outreach, support for depositors, data processing plans and implementation, technical outreach, and user support.
Ms. Marz has been with ICPSR since 1991. Prior to joining NAHDAP, she was a processing supervisor for the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), primarily for data sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. She has supervised the processing and release of data on the relationship of alcohol and other drugs and crime, domestic violence, youth and crime, victimization and victim services, corrections and prisoner reentry, policing, crime prevention, terrorism, and crime mapping and geographic information systems resources.
Ms. Marz holds a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the Michigan State University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interest include intimate partner violence as well the impact of exposure to violence during adolescence.
Robert Choate is the Data Processing Supervisor for NAHDAP, with responsibilities in assessing the disclosure risk contained in new data deposits and overseeing the overall data processing and dissemination work flow.
Mr. Choate has been with ICPSR since 2007. Prior to joining NAHDAP, he was the lead processor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA). He served as the primary data processor and user support contact for data sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He has also worked as a field interviewer for the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center where he helped collect data now archived by ICPSR.
Mr. Choate earned a M.S. in Applied Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.S. in Sociology from Brigham Young University.
Matthew Wrase is the Administrative and Technical Coordinator for NAHDAP. His primary responsibilities include assisting with project administration, coordinating special projects, and processing confidential data. Additionally, Mr. Wrase provides support for data acquisitions, user support, and technical outreach and support.
Mr. Wrase started working for the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging in 2008 as a cooperative education employee. After graduating in 2009, he began working full-time for NACDA. While working for NACDA, he processed numerous studies, including multiple projects from the National Center for Health Statistics, the Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) series, and the Study of Women Across the Nation (SWAN) series.
Mr. Wrase graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he majored in Economics and Political Science, with concentrations in international monetary policy and international affairs. While at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, he participated in the university's Honors Program and was a member of Volunteer Dearborn. Mr. Wrase is currently enrolled at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in a dual degree MBA/MS program in Business Analytics.
Alison Stroud performs data evaluation and processing as well as provides technical support for data users. She also trains student interns and temporary assistants and monitors their work progress.
Ms. Stroud began working at ICPSR for the General Archive in January 2008. She processed a diverse range of studies, including the Eurobarometer and Afrobarometer Survey Series Collection, and complex studies such as Historical, Demographic, Economic, and Social Data: The United States, 1790-2000. She also worked with her supervisors for the National Survey of Family Growth project.
Ms. Stroud is a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she majored in Sociology with a sub-concentration in Crime and Justice. She was also heavily involved in several organizations such as Hearing Impaired Students Organization, Prisoner Creative Arts Project, Dance Marathon, and other community service projects. In Fall 2011, she began a master's program in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in pursuit of a Higher Education and Public Policy (MA/MPP) degree.